Paul L. Caron

Monday, August 16, 2021

Americans With PhDs Are The Most Anti-Vaccine Among All Educational Groups

Daily Mail, Americans With PhDs Are the Most Reluctant To Get Vaccinated Against COVID, Study Finds:

People with a PhD are the most hesitant when it comes to getting the Covid-19 vaccine, according to a paper by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh [Wendy King (Pittsburgh; Google Scholar), Max Rubinstein (Carnegie Mellon), Alex Reinhart (Carnegie Mellon; Google Scholar) & Robin Mejia (Carnegie Mellon), Time Trends and Factors Related to COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy From January-May 2021 Among U.S. Adults: Findings From a Large-Scale National Survey]].

Researchers surveyed just over five million US adults in an online survey, with 10,000 reporting that they were educated to PhD level.

The report showed a surprising U-shaped correlation between willingness to get a Covid vaccine and education level - with the highest hesitancy among those least and most educated.


Of those surveyed, 20.8 per cent with a high school education were reluctant to get the shot, and 23.9 per cent with a PhD were against it.

(Hat Tip: Glenn Reynolds)

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